A new student without guide dog experience can expect to be at Pilot Dogs for four weeks. A student with previous guide dog experience (retrain) can expect a two-week stay.
Pilot Dogs, Inc. will make round-trip reservations for the student to travel to Pilot Dogs in Columbus, Ohio.
The student needs to bring personal sundries (i.e. shaving cream, razors, toothpaste, brushes, deodorant, etc.) and some spending money. We want our students to be as comfortable as possible!
Pilot Dogs, Inc. trains seven different breeds. They are as follows: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pinscher, Boxer, Vizsla, German Shepherd, and the Standard Poodle.
We will, to the best of our ability, try to accommodate the students' wishes. However, the environment the student returns home to- such as young children in the house, employment situations, and the age of the student- helps determine the type of dog they are matched with.The trainer will select the dog that they feel will best suit the student's situation.
Pilot Dogs, Inc. does ask our prospective students to be a minimum of a junior in high school. The applicant needs to be legally blind and physically capable of caring for and receive benefit from a guide dog.
Ohio's weather typically has four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Winter conditions are typically cold and snowy. The temperature can range from 10 to 40 degrees. Spring conditions vary. It can be as cold as 20 degrees or as warm as 70 degrees. With spring, we sometimes have rainy periods also. Summer is typically very warm. The temperature can range from 70 degrees to 100 degrees. Finally, autumn brings warm days and cool nights but by November, prepare for winter.
The medical questionaire needs to be completed by the applicant's medical doctor.
The student will walk twice a day; once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The schedule will be adjusted according to the student's health and ability.
Visitors are welcome on the Wednesday evening after the second week. The following Sunday, and all evenings thereafter, are available for visiting. Phones are available in each bedroom.